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Troutman Sanders LLP: FERC Announces Public Review of Regulations

On July 11, 2011, FERC Chairman Jon Wellinghoff announced that the Commission will engage in a public effort to "reassess and streamline" their federal regulations. The Commission is acting to implement President Barack Obama's July 11th executive order that asks FERC and other independent...

Federal Judge Throws Out Obama Drilling Rules

CHEYENNE, Wyo. - (AP) A judge on Friday threw out Obama administration rules that sought to slow down expedited environmental review of oil and gas drilling on federal land. U.S. District Judge Nancy Freudenthal ruled in favor of a petroleum industry group, the Western Energy Alliance, in its lawsuit...

Fulbright & Jaworski LLP: President Obama Withdraws Proposal to Lower the Ozone NAAQS

By Bob Greenslade and Patricia Finn Braddock On September 2, 2011, President Obama directed Lisa Jackson, the Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ("EPA"), to withdraw the agency's proposal to lower the primary National Ambient Air Quality Standard ("NAAQS"...

Could Proposed Keystone Pipeline From Canada To Texas Push Whooping Crane To Extinction?

By Leda Huta, Executive Director, Endangered Species Coalition If you were to choose a route through which to move toxic, highly corrosive, sludgy crude oil, would you place it on the same narrow corridor used by one of the world's most endangered birds? The Canadian energy company TransCanada...

Federal Report Highlights Need To Clean Gulf Coast

HOUSTON - (AP) Five coastal states are determined to clean up the damaged Gulf of Mexico ecosystem after last year's oil spill highlighted how decades of contamination and deterioration had placed a backbone of the U.S. economy at risk of ruin, according to a federal report released Wednesday. The...

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC: Federal Working Group Charged with Oversight of Natural Gas Production

By Sharon Flanery and Armando Benincasa President Obama has issued a new Executive Order requiring a host of federal agencies to coordinate efforts to oversee natural gas development. The new working group will be headed by White House Energy Advisor Heather Zichal, and will include representatives...

DLA Piper Climate Change Alert: EPA Announces Carbon Regulations For Existing Power Plants

By Deborah E. Jennings , Andrew B. Schatz and Catherine B. Campbell The Environmental Protection Agency has announced long-awaited regulations to reduce carbon-dioxide (CO 2 ) emissions from existing power plants pursuant to the Clean Air Act. EPA's Clean Power Plan would for the first time establish...

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC: EPA Releases Clean Power Plan

By Stephen L. Miller On August 3, 2015, President Obama and EPA Administrator McCarthy released the agency’s Clean Power Plan , regulations designed to significantly reduce CO 2 emissions from power plants, as well as promoting low-emitting power sources and energy efficiency. These sweeping...

Ballard Spahr LLP: President Obama, EPA Announce Final Clean Power Plan to Regulate Power Plant Emissions Connected to Climate Change

President Obama and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced the issuance of the long-anticipated Federal Clean Power Plan, which regulates emission to the atmosphere of carbon dioxide (CO 2 ) from existing fossil fuel-fired electric steam generating units and natural gas-fired...

DLA Piper LLP Energy Bulletin

This regular publication by DLA Piper lawyers focuses on helping clients navigate the ever-changing business, legal and regulatory landscape. • President Obama reveals Clean Power Plan. Calling it the “single most important step that America has ever made in the fight...